Ricky Skaggs is an essential staple of the American country and bluegrass music tapestry. Born in Cordell, Kentucky in July of 1954, Ricky started playing the mandolin at the tender age of 5 and began performing at the age of 6. Ricky continued to perform and gain notoriety throughout his teenage years before recording a collaborative album, Second Generation Bluegrass, with Keith Whitley in 1971. In 1975, Ricky’s debut full-length solo studio album, That’s It!, was released. Ricky’s following continued to grow slowly until his third full-length solo studio album, Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine, peaked at number 2 on the US Country charts. The album also yielded two number one hits on the US Country single chart (“Cryin’ My Heart Out Over You,” and “I Don’t Care.”) Ricky’s fifth full-length solo album, Highways & Heartaches, was his most successful album to date, peaking at number 1 on the US Country charts. His next two albums, Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown and Country Boy, would also top the US Country charts. Ricky Skaggs next three albums to close out the 1980’s would peak in the top twenty on the US Country charts.
In recent years, Ricky Skaggs has released fewer solo albums and instead spent more of his time working on collaborative albums. Since 2000, Ricky has only released five solo albums but has made nine collaborative albums. 8 of Ricky Skaggs 16 collaborative albums have been with Kentucky Thunder, his backup band since 1997 that he regularly tours with. Some of Ricky Skaggs’ most notable collaborations have been with Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson, Bruce Hornsby, his wife Sharon White, and her family, The Whites. Ricky Skaggs has also released three live albums and two holiday albums.
Along with commercial success, Ricky Skaggs has had his fair share of critical success over the course of his career. Ricky Skaggs has been successful at the Grammys, with 14 awards and many more nominations. Ricky Skaggs has won Best Bluegrass album five times with his first award in the category coming in 1999 for Bluegrass Rules!, and his most recent award coming in 2009 for Honoring The Fathers Of Bluegrass 1946 & 47. Ricky Skaggs has been successful at other award shows as well, winning 8 CMA Awards, 8 ACM Awards, and 13 IBMA Awards. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Ricky Skaggs tickets!
Ricky Skaggs 2015 Tour
Throughout 2015, Ricky Skaggs will be touring around North America with his backing band, Kentucky Thunder. Most of the dates will be in the United States, however, there will be several dates in Canada and a show in the Bahamas in October. Half of his shows will be with Ry Cooder and his wife, Sharon White from The Whites, with whom he recorded an album with last year.